Monday, October 16, 2017

We Wish You a Merry Christmas: Sing Along With Me Giveaway!


This post and giveaway is in collaboration with Nosy Crow!

It's not too early - let's celebrate Christmas!  A new sing along with me book by Nosy Crow publishing, We Wish You A Merry Christmas is the perfect start to holiday fun! We Wish You a Merry Christmas is bright, colorful and so very happy! 

We have 2 copies of the book to giveaway.  The adorable polar bear is little one's lovie and not part of the giveaway. (purchased from Hanna Andersson

This book is very sturdy and has tabs for engaging play.  This board book also has a app to download the music to sing along to.


We have two copies for to giveaway for two different winners.  US only please.  Shipping is via publisher. We are not responsible for shipping, use or if your kids sing this so much that you start to hear the song in your sleep! ;)

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This post is in collaboration with Nosy Crow.  We love to work with them and bring moms wonderful new books for their little ones! Opinions are my (and my kids) own! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Autumn Styles & A prAna Code! #prAna #spon

Today's post is in collaboration with prAna! (see the code below for 15% off!)

Autumn is here! It's here!  It's finally here!  We couldn't be more excited for cooler weather, pumpkin bread baking, wool boots and the cutest and most comfortable organic and wool clothing anywhere!  The new line from prAna is absolutely gorgeous and we are slightly obsessed with the new Matilda dress and it's many color options!  

We are huge fans of prAna's recycled and ethical sourced wool!  

There are a lot of benefits to wearing wool: it has the ability to regulate body temperature, it’s durable, naturally mildew resistant (a good thing for anyone in the northwest), and it’s recyclable. Our recycled wool comes from old garments and the cuttings from new garments. After being sorted, cleaned, and reduced down to fiber in a facility in Italy, our recycled wool is spun into yarn and knitted into new, warm and snuggly pieces.

Above pictured is prAna's Stevie hat in black, prAna's organic Matilda dress in solid black and Bogs Crandall Wool Boots in dark grey.

Conventionally grown cotton consumes approximately 25% of the insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides used in the world. Organic production systems on the other hand, replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.


Fair Trade standards ensure that garment workers have safe working conditions, a voice in the workplace, higher earnings, and that women are treated equally. Although these rights may seem basic, they are simply not guaranteed in many of the countries where clothing is produced.

Use code GHLS15 for 15% off anything at prAna website! 



This post is in collaboration with prAna.  Opinions are my own.  I buy prAna clothes and accessories whether sponsored or not! 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pip and Posy: The New Friend Picture Book Giveaway!



Today's post and giveaway is in collaboration with Nosy Crow

Pip and Posy books by Axel Scheffler are some of our most favorite books for little ones.  I have bought may for gifts and everyone always just loves them!  Pip and Posy: The New Friend just came out and it is the perfect addition to the series! 

Pip and Posy are having a lovely day at the seaside, collecting shells and digging the sand. But when Posy has a nap, Pip makes friends with a boy called Zac. Zac is very cool: he has lots of fun toys and beach gear, AND he's really good at handstands. So, to her dismay, when Posy wakes up, she finds that Pip is more interested in playing with Zac than her. A funny and dramatic story about working out that two's company and three's a... PARTY!

Books are the gateway to happiness!  
Our favorite colorful book ledges are from The Land of Nod.


Books and games low and in reach are imperative to inspire kids! 

We have one hardcover copy of Pip and Posy: The New Friend for a giveaway.  Prize is shipped via publisher and for US resident only please. 


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We are always so pleased to collaborate with Nosy Crow to find spectacular kids books to our readers! Opinions, as always, are our own.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Keep Lunch Simple.

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Unless a salad is topped with incredible toppings like goat cheese, sautéed onions, bacon, grass fed cheese....I tend to get extremely bored with them.   I can't help it.  I just like my lunch to be harty but light.  I'll take a loaded sandwich any day! 

Add kale and avocado to a gluten-free Canyon Hills everything bagel, french mustard, Stonyfield Greek Yogurt instead of mayo and add turkey and onions.  Add an organic apple, they're coming into season and a Sipp Organic Soda

 Simply delicious. 

This is not sponsored. Just a delicious lunchtime inspiration.  
All ingredients purchased by me. 
(mostly at whole foods market)


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls DVD Giveaway! #MyLittlePony #spon

Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by My Little Pony!

We have always been a fan of My Little Pony.  I miss having the figures everywhere.  My daughter misses being little and watching My Little Pony!  We are still fans of My Little Pony.  My youngest doesn't play with the figures, but very much enjoys the videos!  I'll take what I can get. :)  Enjoy them being young and enjoying fun favorites - they grow fast! 

Grab Your Popcorn, Because The Equestria Girls Are Back For A Magic-Filled Triple Feature! 


DANCE MAGIC

When Rarity finds out about a music video competition, she’s eager to convince her friends at Canterlot High to enter the contest. The girls soon learn that Crystal Prep Academy are also interested in participating in the contest. The students at CPA have many more resources and are better dancers! Will they be able to pull together and make a winning music video? 



MOVIE MAGIC


The Equestria Girls have been specially invited by A.K. Yearling to go on the set of the upcoming Daring Do movie and they are overjoyed. For super-fan Rainbow Dash, watching behind the scenes as her favorite heroine comes to life is a dream come true. But when a rare and important prop from the set goes missing, putting the movie on hold, Rainbow Dash’s dream becomes a nightmare. 



MIRROR MAGIC

As the pages in her journal run out, there’s only one thing for Sunset Shimmer to do: return to Equestria to get a new journal! There, she meets Starlight Glimmer and agrees to bring her back to experience life at Canterlot High. But while Sunset Shimmer was away, a revenge seeking Juniper Montage finds a beautiful hand mirror enchanted with Equestrian magic. Not only can it provide a window into another land, but if you push the right button, it can also make things disappear into limbo, trapped between the two realms!

We have one DVD to giveaway. Prize is shipped by publisher company. US resident only please. We are not responsible for shipping, use or if your kiddo wants to pant the doggie to look like a My Little Pony!  That's all you.


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Disneynature Born In China Blu-Ray Giveaway!

We have teamed up with Disney to bring you this post and giveaway! 


Disneynature's Born In China is an extraordinary world of China's wildlife!  Panda bears have always fascinated me since I was a child and my child shares this wonderment.  


Disney's Born In China, narrated by John Krasinski, transports audiences to some of the world’s most extreme environments of China where few people have ever ventured to witness wildly intimate and adorable moments in the lives of three animal families - a doting panda bear mother, a 2-year-old golden snub-nosed monkey, and a mother snow leopard. It is the seventh theatrical release from Disneynature, which brings the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share wildlife stories that engage, inspire and educate. The breathtaking footage and high-definition quality picture is captivating for audiences of all ages and is a must-add to the in-home collection. 

Disneynature’s newest true-life adventure film “Born in China” journeys into homes on Digital and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack on Aug. 29.




Giveaway! 

We have one blu-ray copy to giveaway! Prize is shipped to US resident only please.  Prize is shipped by distributor.  We are not responsible for shipping, use or if your child suddenly wants to travel to China to see the extraordinary wildlife in person!  Just saying. 


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This post is in collaboration with Disneynature.  Opinions are my own.  Yes, incredible video!

Star Wars Rebels - Complete Third Season Blu-Ray Giveaway!

This post and giveaway is in collaboration with Disney and Jedis everywhere! 

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three  delivers all 22 action-packed episodes of the hit CG animated series’ second season, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus material on DVD and Blu-ray! This thrilling continuation of the Star Wars Rebels saga depicts the continued efforts of the crew of the starship Ghost to defeat the evil Empire. This season connects to STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS, ROGUE ONE, and of course the original STAR WARS trilogy!  Already available in stores now! 


Star Wars Rebels is a great and adventurous series that will attract all ages (we think 8 and up).   It's a big hit in our house! 




Bonus Features:

·         Return To Mandalore  
Explore where Mandalore fits within the Empire’s regime – and whether Sabine can unite her people against the Imperial forces.

·         Thrawn: A Legend Reborn
Learn Thrawn’s significance in Star Wars lore, and what the future may hold for this memorable villain.

·         Apprentices to Outcasts: Kenobi And Maul
Track two adversaries who’ve clashed throughout Star Wars history, and find out why the time was right to conclude their story. 

·         The Original Rebel: Saw Gerrera Returns – Extended
Meet the Original Rebel. This exclusive extended version features Forest Whitaker discussing the character he brings to life in both Rebels and Rogue One.

·         Five Audio Commentaries  
Featuring Dave Filoni (Executive Producer), Justin Ridge (Supervising Director), Kilian Plunkett (Art Director), Keith Kellogg (Animation Supervisor) and Joel Aron (CG Supervisor: Lighting & FX)

We have one copy of Star Wars Rebels Season Three Blu-Ray.  US only please. Prize is shipped by manufacture.  We are not responsible if your kiddo gets up in the middle of it and decides he / she's going to be a Jedi!  That's all you. 

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 This post is in collaboration with Disney Studios. Opinions are my own.  Yes, my kiddo thinks this is SO awesome and yes, I find myself watching with him instead of doing the dishes! The Amazon link is from Amazon and supports charity Smile to fight GMOs.  This is not sponsored by Disney or any other company. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie! #CaptainUnderpantsHE #TraLaLaa #spon


Woot! We have teamed up with Dream Works Animation to bring you Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie awesomeness! 

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is coming to Blu-Ray Tuesday the 12th and we are having an epic sleepover to celebrate!  Captain Underpants is just one of those must have because it's so funny and my kids laughed the whole way through, kind of movies! 
We just watched Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie and it does not disappoint! SO many laughs and just fun all-the-way through!  We all loved it.  In my opinion every mom of boys will fully appreciate this movie and all it's practical jokes, farting, belching and super hero fun!   My kiddo and his friends just loved it! 

Organic Sipp Soda and Homemade Chocolate Muffins are sure to please all ages!

Hold onto your capes! Based on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey, DreamWorks Animation presents CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE. “…One of the funniest, most heartwarming films of the year” (William Bibbiani, Crave Online). Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com, this outrageous family comedy tells the story of two overly imaginative best friends, George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch), who hypnotize their principal (Ed Helms) into thinking he’s the hero from their comic books: Captain Underpants. CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE also features the voice talent of Nick Kroll as Professor Poopypants.


The epic adventure continues with 30+ minutes of action-packed special features on CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS HERO EDITION. From engaging features, such as “The Really Awesome Adventures of Captain Underpants” Motion Comic and “The Professor Poopypants (Totally Original and Supercool) Guide to Being a Villain” to riotous deleted scenes, to a lyric video from “Weird Al” Yankovic and a Q&A with the film’s stars, the hilarity never stops!


CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE Special Features Include:

  • Featurettes:
    • The Really Awesome Adventures of Captain Underpants Motion Comic
    • The Captain Underpants Guide to Being a Hero
    • The Professor Poopypants (Totally Original and Supercool) Guide to Being a Villain
    • Kevin Hart and Ed Helms Surprise Fans
    • Lunch Lady PSA with Kristen Schaal
    • Sock Puppets Real Stars




  • Deleted Scenes
  • Lyric Videos:
    • Captain Underpants Theme by “Weird Al” Yankovic
    • "A Friend Like You" by Andy Grammer
  • Tighty-Whitey Q&A with the Stars - Part 1 and Part 2
  • Gallery
    • Comic Book Covers

The Art of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE


For loads of Captain Underpants movie fun check out Tralalaatreehouse.com


We collaborated with Dream Works for this post and awesome new movie! Opinions are my own! Tra la laa!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thyme Cornbread for Chili!

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The cold weather is moving in and we couldn't be more excited!  Chili is a must for cold weather but, chili alone isn't going to do it.  Loads of toppings and delicious corn bread will make your chili night rock! 


Ingredients - 

Cornmeal - 1 cup
Millet Flour - 1 cup
Baking Soda - 2 teas
Egg - pasture raised - 1 
Buttermilk or Whole Grass Fed Milk - 1 cup
Greek Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Fresh Thyme - 2 teas - chopped
Butter - Grass fed - 1/2 stick
Pepper - 1 teas
Sea Salt - 1 teas

Olive oil for skillet - 2 tablespoons 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all ingredients together.  Add a touch more extra milk only if needed.

Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil in skillet.

Pour batter on top.

Place full sprigs of thyme (this is more for pretties than anything)

Bake for 20 minutes or until done.

Enjoy with chili or soup!

The perfect autumn side dish! 

Cornbread makes all-the-difference for chili night! 


My Notes - 

We use organic and non-GMO whenever and every time possible.

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We top our chili with a dollop of Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt , grass fed cheese, onions and this cornbread!  Happy autumn! 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Salmon, Capers & Dill, Oh My!

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This weekend I had planned to grill out salmon with our usual butter and celtic sea salt.  When it started getting late and we hadn't even started the grill, I just turned the oven on while I put everything in the pan and the oven was ready by the time I was done.  Grab a cast iron pan or skillet for this one! 

Ingredients - 

Wild Caught Salmon - 2-3 pieces 
Capers - 2 tablespoons
Garlic  - 1 large cloves diced small
Fresh Dill - one large handful chopped
Celtic Sea Salt
Pepper
Lemon - 2 - 1 sliced and 1 halved for juice
Olive Oil

Set oven to 350 degrees 
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to bottom of skillet or cast iron pan
Place salmon pieces on top
Sprinkle chopped fresh dill all over top
Sprinkle chopped garlic and capers on top
Squeeze juice of 2 lemon halves all over top of salmon
Place lemon slices on top and around salmon

Place in oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until done.



This salmon is great with rice.  Use the lemons in the pan for extra juice on your rice.  It's absolutely delicious, super easy to make and looks great for entertaining! 

My Notes-

My oven is on it's last leg and even that is being held up by duct tape.  I'm not even close to kidding.  If you're nice I might even Insta-Story a picture of it.  It'll make you laugh, cry or at the very least make you really thankful for your oven! 

Cast iron rules and yes, I'm slightly addicted to my Staub pans.  Don't ask me which one is my favorite because I just don't play pots against each other.  
This one shown though...I use loads.

Amazon just bought Whole Foods and their price on salmon has gone down and I just can't get enough.

Please use organic lemons for this recipe, as the peels are cooking with your food.

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